Guide to Single Incision Weight Loss Surgery
Single-Incision Laparoscopic Surgery (SILS), is the newest technological advancement in bariatric surgery. Single incision surgery allows bariatric surgeons to perform the same procedures, including gastric bypass and gastric sleeve, using only one incision.
Single-Incision surgery allows patients the aesthetic quality of one minimized scar, as well as faster recovery times and less pain. Dr. Carlos Diaz can perform single-incision gastric sleeve, single-incision gastric bypass and single-incision revision surgery.
- Quicker Healing Time.
- Less Scars, Incisions.
- More aesthetic.
History of Single Incision Bariatric Surgery
Bariatric surgery was performed as an open procedure for many decades before the advent of laproscopic surgery. In open bariatric surgery, surgeons open up the patient by creating a long incision line in the abdomen and operate with “traditional” medical instruments. As medical technology evolved, laparoscopic or minimally invasive surgery became a possibility. With laparoscopic surgery, surgeons create small incisions and utilize a thin flexible tube containing a video camera (laparoscope) to reach the organs of the abdominal cavity.
Types of Weight Loss Surgeries
Both approaches to bariatric surgery have similar success rates in reducing excess weight and improving or resolving co-morbidities. However, the patient’s stay in the hospital will be several days longer in open surgery than with minimally invasive laproscopic surgery. The recovery time is also much longer with open bariatric surgery. Patients will have a much longer recovery time and need to heal for weeks before returning to work and regular physical activities. There is also more of a chance of wound complications such as infections and hernias. And a long incision leads to a long scar. In some cases, the open method is necessary due to some patient-specific risks.
Different SILSs Technologies
da Vinci – The da Vinci is a sophisticated laparoscopic and robotic surgery. The da Vinic uses 3D video technology. The da Vinci system has been in operation for over 10 years, and has been used in thousands of procedures. The da Vinci system is a autonomous or semi-autonomous device that can do single-incision surgery.
Gel PointGel Point – Gel Point is a medical technology used to facilitate gastric sleeve, gastric banding and gastric bypass. Learn how the GelPOINT advanced access platform enables single site surgery. Explore single site tools and techniques, including:
- Camera operation
- Trocar placement
- Indications and limitations
- Visualization and instrument manipulation
- Patient selection, benefits, risks and challenges
- Patient education, documentation and reimbursement
- Anesthetic considerations
Patients may not be right for single incision weight loss surgery, because the surgery requires a clear viewing of the patient’s internal abdomen. Lighter patients are more likely to be a candidate for the surgery. Patients are urged to contact our care specialists to learn about their candidacy.